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Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:15 am

Today's birthday quiz features an Olympic champion from Vermont.

Born 126 years ago today (Friday), he won his gold medal by a clear margin. His winning mark was a personal best, an Olympic record and nearly a world record; it remained #2 in the world for nine years (though in the meantime, one athlete who might well have been able to beat it injured himself in an Olympic final).

Can you name our birthday athlete? (For extra points, name the injured athlete as well.)
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Re: Vermont

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:01 am

I believe "Vermont" gave it away for me. It sounds like Albert Gutterson of the University of Vermont. Their fieldhouse is named for him. He was a very talented long jumper and won the gold medal in Stockholm in 1912 just about 12 weeks after the sinking of the Titanic.

The injured jumper, I believe, was Sol Butler. Butler was clearly the best long jumper in 1920, but as you said, he injured himself in that Olympics and finished out of the medals.
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Re: Vermont

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:56 am

Well done, DoubleRBar. Yes, today's birthday athlete is Albert Gutterson and the injured jumper was Sol Butler.

I ran into this article on Gutterson earlier today: http://www.7dvt.com/2012vermont-olympic ... -gutterson
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Re: Vermont

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:09 am

Thank you, LopenUupunut. Very good article. I never heard the story about the Lord's Prayer during the Olympics. Also, I assumed he had children. He was quite the athlete.
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Re: Vermont

Postby lonewolf » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:27 am

Interesting article..... I was especially interested that the track shoes shown that look exactly like the shoes I wore in the 1930s-40s.. sometimes I take them to track meets fof the kids to laugh at.
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Re: Vermont

Postby mcgato » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:15 pm

Wow, he still has the school record in the long jump.
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